Hey, all. I just have a short, sweet and to the point message for ya today. Though, I sure hope it gets ya thinking as much as it did me.
Do you like jelly beans? Im not a big fan… but what if you have a huge pile of jelly beans and each one represents one day of life as you know it? The following is a video describing just that. Its less than 3 minutes long… please, please, please take a moment to check it out:
Pretty powerful, eye-opening message, right? Forget the statement about spending 3,202 days working or 671 days grooming…. though, really? Its the 8,477 days of sleeping that really got me! I sure do love my sleep and many days I never feel like I get enough! But seeing as though the average person sleeps away 8,477 of the only 28,835 days we start with? This takes me back to my teenage years when it would be noon on a Saturday and my mom would come in my room, swing open my blinds, tell me I was “sleeping my day away,” and then proceed to sing… ♪♫ “just let the sun shine in, face it with a grin…” ♪♫ in a cheerful manner. I used to scowl then, but boy, do I wish I could get that time back!
Psalm 90:12 (NIV) says “Teach us to number each of our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” I am not sure necessarily that it is the amount of time that it takes us to do something, but rather the amount of things we accomplish for God during the time we are given — growing and serving. I may have slept many hours away or wasted time in many various, non-pleasing ways… but that doesn’t mean that I still don’t have time to do good deeds and follow God’s will. Now is the time for that!
As you swallow your daily jelly bean and close your eyes tonight, remember this:
“Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.
Remind me that my days are numbered –
how fleeting my life is.
You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand.
My entire lifetime is just a moment to you;
at best, each of us is but a breath.”
Psalm 39:4-5 (NLT)
Now, go. DO SOMETHING!